Swedish football family suffering Christmas unrest

December 23, 2011

By Philip O’Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

Sweden’s soccer year officially came to an end last week with Wednesday’s traditional press conference and Christmas lunch at the football association’s Rasunda headquarters.

Post-Christmas cheer in Oslo for out-of-contract players

December 22, 2011

By Philip O’Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

For many football fans, the post-Christmas blues will be banished by the prospect of their club buying big when the transfer window opens in January.

from Photographers' Blog:

The Tebow phenom

December 19, 2011

By Rick Wilking

Do a Google search on this new celebrity and there are 299,000,000 results. Brad Pitt? No, he only has 187 million. I’m talking about the newest phenom in the world of sports – Tim Tebow.

from Mark Meadows:

NFL Week 15 Lineman picks

December 17, 2011

By Steve Keating

'Tebow Time' runs out this week when the Broncos host the Patriots but the Lineman's time has come. We've been close to a perfect week a few occasions this season but with time ticking down Week 15  looks like a promising bet.

And Porto will play…..Europa League draw provides some stardust

December 16, 2011

There was the usual hushed silence and then sudden intake of breath heard in Nyon on Friday, though not for the Champions League Round of 16 draw but the first two ties of the Europa League Round of 32.

Don’t write off the old continent just yet

December 15, 2011

By Alan Baldwin

Speaking about the Formula One calendar and the continuing expansion to east and west, the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone declared this month that Europe was “finished“.

from Tom Pilcher:

Two money list titles or a major? Opinion divided over Donald’s 2011

December 11, 2011

A quick glimpse at the statistics of Luke Donald’s season and you can’t fail to be impressed, though despite a record-breaking 2011 the world number one still has his doubters.

from Mark Meadows:

Real’s psychological barrier key to Barca’s 3-1 win

December 11, 2011

By Drazen Jorgic

Annoyingly for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, the supposed plot line of  El Clasico on Saturday did not follow the script. The much-anticipated power shift from Catalunya to Madrid did not take place and his team are back to the drawing board as far as playing against Barcelona is concerned.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Time for UEFA to revert to goal difference in Champions League

December 6, 2011

My head is hurting after all the mathematics that has been needed to work out qualification chances in the Champions League.

Spain, Nadal and the Davis Cup

December 5, 2011

By Greg Rusedski

The Davis Cup final between Spain and Argentina was always going to be a great tie. The atmosphere was electric due to the huge Argentinian contingent in Seville who were present to support their team. Both the Spanish and Argentinian fans got into the tie and with 26,000 plus spectators the atmosphere was more like a football match.